Avoiding counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs

counterfeit erection drugs

If you have erectile dysfunction, desperation can drive you to consider almost any option. But it’s important to avoid the temptation of buying any drug that isn’t currently licenced and regulated for sale in the UK, particularly when buying online.

EU common logo
The EU common logo

All websites operated by legitimate UK/EU medicine sellers must by law display the ‘EU common logo’, which will link to that company’s details on the register held by regulators.

Regulated online pharmacies have to meet rigorous standards, and the medicines supplied have all gone through initial drug trials, with each batch produced subject to ongoing quality assessments by UK/EU regulators (see generic medicines FAQs for further information on quality checks).

Only certain brands (and generic version if patent has expired) and concentrations of erectile dysfunction medicines are legally available in the UK. For instance the maximum dose of Viagra (and sildenafil) is 100mg, but you will find stronger dosages on the internet (eg: “Viagra 200”, “Cenforce-200”). In studies, 200mg of Viagra (sildenafil) ‘did not result in increased efficacy’, but will increase the incidence rate and severity of side-effects. For men who do not respond to 100mg sildenafil doses there is some evidence that a higher dosage can be effective, however the maximum licenced dosage is 100mg in 24 hours.

All UK licenced erectile dysfunction treatments

Erectile dysfunction treatments legally available in the UK (July 2016)
Name Viagra sildenafil Cialis Levitra Spedra Nipatra Vitaros cream MUSE Caverject
Preparations 25mg, 50mg, 100mg 25mg, 50mg, 100mg 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, 20mg 5mg, 10mg, 20mg 50mg, 100mg, 200mg 25mg, 50mg, 100mg 300mcg 125mcg, 250mcg, 500mcg, 1000mcg 10mcg, 20mcg
Max strength 100mg 100mg 20mg 20mg 200mg 100mg 300mcg 1000mcg 20mcg
Active ingredient sildenafil sildenafil tadalafil vardenafil avanafil sildenafil alprostadil alprostadil alprostadil

Erectile dysfunction medicines sold under a name that varies from the registered brand, or the name of the active ingredient, such as sildenafil, or with a dosage above the official preparations is considered counterfeit/fake (‘falsified’).

Falsified medicines

It is important for the general public to know that at this time, products such as those listed below are NOT UK licenced and are considered falsified medicine:counterfeit ED medicines

  • Viagra Super Active
  • Viagra Soft Tabs
  • Cialis Soft Tabs
  • Cialis Professional
  • Viagra Professional
  • Cialis Super Active
  • Gold Viagra
  • Viagra 200mg
  • Kamagra
  • Red Viagra
  • Suhagra
  • Tadalafil Super Active
  • Tadacip
  • Tadaga
  • Tadalista

These products will never be sold by a legitimate UK online pharmacy, and should not be purchased, as they will only be offered by illegal websites and with them the associated risks:

  • The product received could contain harmful or non-active ingredients or unmediated levels of active ingredients.
  • With an unregulated website, the product may not arrive, and your payment details could be released and used to commit fraud.
  • Data submitted to an illegal site will likely be released to third parties, who may then contact you by email, telephone, or post.
  • No recourse if the so-called business doesn’t deliver what was promised, or provides products of lower value. The sites are not legal, so if the order fails to arrive there is little the consumer can do about it.

The risks of buying non-licenced medicines are detailed in our article Buying Kamagra online.

Due to the low cost and easy ordering process of legitimate Viagra and generic sildenafil in the UK, there is no need for patients to risk their health by bypassing the important medical screening process and ordering unregulated products from services with no regulatory oversight. Erectile dysfunction can be treated safely and cost-effectively by following standard medical procedure for consultation and prescription.

The Dr Fox website, for example, complies with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, and is also registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council. The prescription services are carried out ethically and keep patients informed, and the website keeps patient details secure and confidential. These are the standards necessary to maintain a legitimate online pharmacy.

Erectile dysfunction: advice & treatment

Thinking of buying medicines online? Make sure you know what you are getting. Illegal medicines are a growing problem. Stay safe and use only websites displaying the MHRA‘s EU common logo.